Welcome to the Nature Exhibit!
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(Above) Come take a picture with our gigantic stone turtle!
The NATURE EXHIBIT is a sanctuary for many animals and plants. It’s the perfect place for kids to learn about nature. Created 6 years ago, the Nature Exhibit was added onto the Barn Swallow for yet another part of Crystal Gardens for people to enjoy. It’s great for kids or even for you to come and enjoy the nature and relax. The Nature Exhibit is open from mid-June to Labor Day. It is a $1 admission but we appreciate donations to keep the exhibit running (food, maintenance and the purchase of butterflies…).
The PEACOCKS: There are 3 peacocks on the grounds. Thuja, our resident peacock of 12 years, roams the grounds and is always a nice surprise for people to enjoy. He loves to hang out in Greenhouse #6, the herb house, and if it’s the right time of day he is stopping by the Rock Shop for his afternoon snack of peanuts. We also have a pair of peacocks in the Nature Exhibit, a male and female, named Blu and Belles. The male is the more common blue color and the female is all white. Females can also be and usually are brown. For 3 years they have been mating and producing cute pea-chicks. If you come at the right time you might even be able to see the new babies!
(Above) A monarch chrysalis and caterpillar.
The BUTTERFLIES: We have a small variety of butterflies that are native to our area. This includes Monarchs, Swallowtails and Painted Ladies. There is a whole wing dedicated to the butterflies in the nature exhibit. You can usually see the butterflies at all stages in their life cycle, from eggs to caterpillars to chrysalis to beautiful butterflies.
(Above) One of our painted turtles waiting to be fed.
New to the Nature Exhibit this year is the FAIRY GARDEN. It is displayed inside the Nature Exhibit and includes Lauren’s Lane, Kelly’s Korner, Jorge’s Hollow, Grace’s Garden, Wil’s Hill, Peacock Park, Frog Pond, and Turtle Lake. You can also purchase almost all of the fairy stuff on display at the Garden Center.
(Above) A small section of the Fairy Garden featuring a fire pit and pebble path.
The NATURE EXHIBIT also offers a number of different animals. Besides the peacocks and butterflies we also house an enormous white bunny named Opal, a toad aquarium, a fish aquarium, a snake terrarium, a pond with a fountain for our painted turtles, a snapping turtle aquarium, a gerbil house, many other birds (cockatiels, finches, doves..), and a live bee hive (under screen of course). Come and enjoy a day in our Nature Exhibit and make sure to take lots of pictures! We’d love to see them!
Photo Credit: Lauren Merriman
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